Chicago, Life on Campus

Discover your Urban Oasis


Chicago is an urban oasis

Chicago isn’t just all city and no green. Step outside of your classrooms and discover peaceful open spaces, lush gardens and urban habitats for native plants and animals.

Chicago Memorial Grove

The Grove is a landscaped garden and entry point to the east side of campus. Its circular layout showcases sustainable grasses and plants that are native to our climate and some of the campus’s 5,000 trees. It’s a great place to relax, meet up with friends and even study outside in the warmer months.

The Heritage Garden

The Heritage Garden is a project of the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change. The gardens provide an interactive learning space to teach students about environmental and cultural sustainability. Each plant, flower, vegetable and herb has significance and relates to culture and heritage.

The Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden

The Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden is a garden oasis in the midst of the busy University of Illinois at Chicago medical center (west) campus. Not just a space of calm and beauty, the garden is also a rich resource for educational and research activities with more than 80 different medicinal plant species.

Little Prairie on the Campus

A prairie refers to an area of land, typically found in the Mississippi River valley (where Illinois is located), that has deep fertile soil, tall coarse grasses and few trees. UIC was awarded a grant to preserve and restore natural spaces in the Chicago region by expanding the native prairie plants on campus and attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

Take UIC’s “Green Campus Tour” and discover a different, greener side of the campus.



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